Frank Packer Plate Field – 2016

The Final Field has been released for the 2016 Frank Packer Plate which is to be run at Randwick racecourse on Saturday 16th, April 2016. View the Frank Packer Plate Field.


1OLD NORTHJohn O’SheaJames McDonald856.5kg
2TORGERSEN (NZ)Chris WallerHugh Bowman356.5kg
3HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ)David Hayes & Tom DabernigDwayne Dunn656.5kg
4GOLD AMBITION (NZ)Bjorn BakerTye Angland1056.5kg
5TATOOSHPaul PerryBlake Shinn456.5kg
6RONG DOOR REGGIEMatt Laurie156.5kg
7HIERARCHALAnthony CummingsBrenton Avdulla256.5kg
8MANHATTAN SONClarry ConnersJason Collett1156.5kg
9ASINARAJohn O’SheaTim Clark554.5kg
10AURORA’S STARAnthony Cummings754.5kg
11ZASORCERESS (NZ)Jason WarrenKerrin McEvoy954.5kg


Kiwi trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young are gearing up for another Australian Group One raid as Sicario tries to win the Champagne Stakes.

The New Zealand duo brought Tavago across the Tasman for a boilover win in the ATC Australian Derby.

Fellow New Zealander Stephen Marsh-trained Sofia Rosa to victory in the ATC Australian Oaks last Saturday to complete a Kiwi clean sweep of Sydney’s three-year-old Classics.

But Busuttin believes Australia has the upper hand when it comes to two-year-olds.

“It’s a massive step up,” Busuttin said.

“You can’t hide the fact that New Zealand two-year-old form is vastly inferior to Australian two-year old form.”

While not the cheapest horse in the race – hot favourite Yankee Rose cost $10,000 – Sicario was a $20,000 yearling.

The gelding is owned by Busuttin’s schoolmate Karl Burgess.

“It looks like he’s in for a bit of fun,” Busuttin said.

“That’s the beauty of it – it shows you don’t have to spend a fortune.”

Busuttin said if the real Yankee Rose turned up she would win the $500,000 race at Randwick on Saturday.

But with Busuttin and Young’s stable moving to Victoria later in the year, bringing Sicario over early for a crack at the Champagne proved an attractive option.

“He was going to be racing in two weeks time in Auckland going around in a mile race for $NZ50,000, so we thought why not?

“We’re happy to take a chance.”

Sicario was second in the Group One Manawatu Sires’ Produce on a heavy track at his last start.

That performance showed indicated he would handle the 1600m trip in the Champagne.

“The 1400m on a heavy track in New Zealand was like a swamp so I suppose that’s like a mile,” Busuttin said.

Sicario will be sent for a spell after Saturday before returning for the Melbourne spring carnival.

“We think he’s a pretty smart horse and I think he’ll end up a Group horse at some stage,” Busuttin said.

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